Do some sport and remember president Lluís Companys

Fun runs. The 9th edition of the Cursa i Caminada Lluís Companys takes place on Montjuïc on Saturday, 1 October, and pays homage to the 1936 People’s Olympiad. The 9th edition of the Cursa i Caminada Lluís Companys is being held on Saturday, 1 October. This walk and fun run takes place at the Lluís…

Jazz and good food at the Parc del Centre del Poblenou

Open-air concerts and food from all over the world kick off the Barcelona International Jazz Festival. Following the success of the first edition, the Barcelona International Jazz Festival is again organising ‘Jazz & Food’, a free festival in the Parc del Centre del Poblenou. The event gets the jazz festival under way and consists of…

‘BCN retrats’ by Manuel Outumuro

Manuel Outomuro is exhibiting photos of 80 personalities with links to Barcelona at the Palau Robert. This exhibition shows the photographer’s empathy, his ability to capture little gestures with the camera, the peculiarities and traits of a wide variety of personalities, as well as his great curiosity for visual culture. Outumuro’s Barcelona studio has seen…

Running under a downpour…of colours!

The city’s most colourful run is back: the Color Run comes to Barcelona with more participants than ever! In 2013 the Color Run broke the record for the number of participants in a first edition of a run in Spain, with 13,000 runners. This year the event is set to attract 20,000 people for a…

More culture, and closer to home

Barcelona Institute of Culture (ICUB) is putting the Shock Plan for Culture in the Neighbourhoods into operation as a way of getting art and culture into community facilities, particularly around community centres and athenaeums in the initial stages of the plan. The measure includes the setting up of a stable circuit for performing arts and…

Weekend: A cultural Catalan National Day!

Once again this year, Catalan National Day is being marked in the city with open days at different institutions and museums. There is also free access to artistic workshops in the Poblenou neighbourhood as they open up to show citizens the work of local artists, and the weekend also offers a chance to enjoy great…

Tradition, music and street art at La Mercè 2016

Barcelona’s local festival, La Mercè, is on from 22 to 25 September. This year’s guest city is Paris and the festival will be presenting current trends in street art, circus, dance and music from the French capital. As usual, tradition is one of the three basic pillars for La Mercè, with human towers, dragons, giants…

Catalan National Day

In Catalonia the War of the Spanish Succession ended on 11 September 1714 and signalled the start of an era when various rights and liberties were lost. Catalan National Day marks the defeat on 11 September, which is all about actively standing up to oppression. The date was chosen as the national day for its…

Kazushi Ono gets the season under way for the OBC

Kazushi Ono conducts the Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya (OBC) in the only symphony by Tchaikovsky which, curiously, the orchestra has never performed. A fresh and direct work which includes a polonaise and a waltz, authentic jewels in the work of a composer who, just after presenting it, started working on Swan…